National Kickoff of Don’t Take My Life, Let Me Live Initiative in Liberty City

School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was proud to join Pastor Gaston E. Smith, State Representative Kionne McGhee (D-117) , State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford (D-109), School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon (D-1), Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez (D-4), UTD President Karla Hernandez Mats, Mr. Terry Wright, and Don’t Take My Life Let me Live supporters at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City. 

Thanks to Commissioner Suarez for presenting a $20,000 check to Mr. Wright to expand his initiative “The Eyes of God” throughout our community. Let’s honor Black History and declare an End to senseless gun violence towards our precious children. “We’re painting the City Yellow, because we’re tired of seeing Red…” 

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Saving Lives at No More Broken Hearts – Domestic Violence Workshop 

School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) hosted another successful No More Broken Hearts Domestic Violence Workshop today at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School. Thanks to our MC Benjamin Evans, Moderator Director Lucia Davis-Raiford, Panelists: Judge Rodney Smith, Chief Therese Homer, Ms. Belkis Amaroa, Ms. Venus Miller, Mr. Desmond Daniels, and Cassandra Armstrong; Youth Presenters: Jonathan Spikes Foundation/Affirming YOUth (Signature Sponsor) and Urgent, Inc.; Performers: Miami Northwestern PAVAC, Denisia Purcell, Madame Butterfly Vaughns, and Jon Kelly; our wonderful sponsors, tremendous supporters, dynamic volunteers, over 30 community organizations, and the hardest working Planning Committee ever!  

Special thanks to our hosts at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School – Principal Bernard Edwards, AP Earl Allick, custodians, security, teachers, and staff. Our event could not have been a success without each and every one of you! Let us ensure that we work together to End domestic violence once and for all. 

SAS Leader Jessica Lamour performs for Black History Month at Board Meeting 

(As written by Mr. Dennis Lindsay.)

School for Advanced Studies (SAS) North senior and SAS Silver Knight Nominee in Drama Jessica Lamour performed “400 Years America and Still I Rise” on WLRN live television at the MDCPS Board meeting of February 15, 2017. Jessica was invited to perform by Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall to honor Black History Month. The auditorium was full and Jessica received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her performance and many accolades by the subsequent speakers.

Dr. Bendross-Mindingall and her chief of staff Cedric McMinn were instrumental in making this happen. Dr. Bendross-Mindingall even commented on the logic of Jessica being nominated for the Silver Knight in Drama.

She absolutely has a lot of talent in dramatic interpretation in addition to her stellar academic performance.

We are very proud of Jessica Lamour, her family and SAS!

Honoring Zoe’s Dolls and Women Leaders at Board Meeting

At the February 25th Board Meeting, School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was proud to recognize Zoe Terry (Zoe’s Dolls) for her leadership and work to provide dolls of color to girls throughout the County. We salute Zoe and her mother, Nakia Bowling, for their support and commitment to making our girls feel beautiful! 
Board Member Dr. Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) also honored women leaders for their work and advocacy on behalf of all women and their families. We salute you all for your passion and support to our schools and community.

Spreading Love with Zoe’s Dolls at Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary 

District 2 School Event: Happy Valentine’s Day to our deserving girls at Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary School. School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) thanks Zoe’s Dolls for distributing “Baby Alive” dolls for our students. “Zoe is an angel among us.” 

Reading Under The Stars at Holmes Elementary 

District 2 School News: Our students had an exciting time during the 3rd Annual Reading Under The Stars event at Holmes Elementary School. Thanks to Principal Dr. Yvonne Perry, Coach Ms. Tawana Akins, administration, teachers, and staff for coordinating this educational experience for our students. 

Special Shout Out to Judge Rodney Smith, Mr. Terry Wright, Ms. Precious Symonette, Miami Norland Viking Writers, and community leaders for reading to our kids. Go Baby Bulls!